Ally McCoist has targeted Chelsea star Nicolas Jackson for his role in Manchester United’s first goal on Wednesday night at Old Trafford. Mauricio Pochettino picked an unconventional lineup to face the Red Devils, with Levi Colwill starting at left-back and Marc Cucurella at right-back.
Cole Palmer took Conor Gallagher’s place after he was suspended for a red card, hoping to score against his old club to aid his present team. The west Londoners struggled to get into the game early on as the home team attempted to rebound from a humiliating loss to Newcastle.
Chances came thick and quick for both teams, but the first significant one fell in United’s favour when Enzo Fernandez knocked out Antony in the area, resulting in a penalty. Bruno Fernandes took the penalty kick, but it was a poor effort that was easily blocked by Robert Sanchez.
The home team kept up the pressure, and moments later, with the ball spinning around in the penalty area, they scored. A cross to Harry Maguire was blocked, but it landed at the feet of Scott McTominay, who has been on a scoring streak recently and did it once more.
Following the goal, McCoist stated how Jackson may have been to blame because he gave control away rather than initiating a counterattack. “He won’t like me saying it, but it’s Nicolas Jackson’s fault for giving the ball away,” he told Amazon Prime Video.
“Because Sterling was wide on the right, Chelsea had a real chance to counter.” Jackson gives it away, Maguire’s shot is blocked and expertly followed up by McTominay, but from Chelsea’s perspective, it’s a wicked goal to concede… “Jackson there is poor; just grab it.”
It remains to be seen whether that goal will have a significant influence on the Blues, but it represented a difficult start to the game that they will want to forget.